Published On: Fri, Jun 12th, 2015

Procolombia supports international buyers in upcoming apparel shows

Upcoming textile and apparel tradeshows, in Colombia and the US, will showcase the best of the Colombian offer in goods and services for this industry. Procolombia to provide support to local buyers who wish to participate in these tradeshows: Colombiamoda, Miami Swim Show, IFLS, and more.

_ABC9544MIAMI - Procolombia, the government agency in charge of promoting trade, investment, tourism and country brand, has been focused on strengthening textile and apparel exports, which have been in high demand internationally, growing for the past 22 years. By organizing and supporting major industry tradeshows in Colombia and abroad to showcase the Colombian offer, the promotion agency aims to connect international buyers with Colombian exporters, allowing them to gain access to the country’s goods and services.

The total exports of the textile and apparel industry reached US $1.2 billion in 2014. The _EDE4437apparel sector alone, comprised sales of US $596 million, textiles reached US $262 million, leather exports totaled US 197 million and footwear had sales of US $43 million, according to Procolombia. Colombia has become a world-class destination with added value for the fashion industry.

Upcoming events:

§  Miami Swim Show [July 18-21]: The biggest annual tradeshow in the U.S. for high-end beachwear and lingerie. Colombia will be participating with designers and exporters of Swimwear, Sportswear, Lingerie and Resort.

§  Colombiamoda 2015 in Medellin [July 28-30, 2015]: The most important apparel tradeshow in Latin America showcasing renowned designers, inspiring collections, and innovative technology trends. Procolombia and Inexmoda are joining forces for the production of Colombia’s Fashion Week.

§  IFLS (Second Version) in Bogota: [July 28-31, 2015]: International Footwear and Leather Show specialized in leather apparel and accessories.

§  Expoasoinducal in Bucaramanga [July 15-17]: Event specialized in medium-high segment footwear for men and women.

§  Salón de Joyería en Bucaramanga [July 9-10]: Event specialized in Colombian jewelry and accessories.

§  Colombia Infantil en Bucaramanga [Julio 15-17]: Tradeshow specialized in children’s fashion offering Colombian brands and apparel for that segment.

IPA_1880"Colombia is the ideal textile, fashion and apparel source for the Caribbean, with a complete package offer, as well as, trims and textiles for underwear, swimwear, sportswear and uniforms,” said Maria Claudia Lacouture, president of Procolombia. “Companies are also looking for Colombian brands and designs, which they are able to find in our events."

Colombia has more than 100 years of experience in manufacturing textiles and apparel for the fashion industry locally and internationally. The country has become a hub in Latin America thanks to its competitive production and quality for the past 10 years. With exports exceeding US $1 billion per year, Colombia is becoming one of the most important suppliers in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The country is comprised of a vertically-integrated industry, offering full package that includes design, cut, print and distribution. Its strategic location allows for competitive delivery times, easy access to the Caribbean and quick turn-around times.

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